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Bill

Fayetteville, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (2529)
    Story
    (2539)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Multiple Characters in a Unified Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but it requires patience and concentration to follow a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The transitions back and forth to the future and the past.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Each narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it was revealed that Dr. Goose was a fraud.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have seen mixed reviews on the movie version, I will see it to compare it with the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thornton Wilder
    • Narrated By Sam Waterston
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    Wilder's stories consistently explored the connections between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, always returning to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. This Pulitzer Prize-winning tale concerns the lives of five people who fall to their deaths from a Peruvian rope bridge in 1714. A humble Franciscan, Brother Juniper, witnesses the accident and determines to learn about the lives of the victims in order to find out whether this accident happened by chance or by plan.

    Tobin says: "Compact novel about fate, destiny"
    "A well constructed and thoughtful story"
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    Would you listen to The Bridge of San Luis Rey again? Why?

    Excellent plot with well developed characters. Universal morality tale.


    What other book might you compare The Bridge of San Luis Rey to and why?

    Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory."


    What does Sam Waterston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good grasp of characters and ability to express many emotions.


    If you could rename The Bridge of San Luis Rey, what would you call it?

    A Bridge to Eternity


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (248)

    This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

    Ryan says: "Pride goeth before the fall"
    "Short Stores with a Tragic Ending"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if the friend liked unhappy southern tales with a tragic twist.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characterizations in each of the short stories.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very well done.


    Who was the most memorable character of Everything That Rises Must Converge and why?

    The historian son who is full of himself but unable to deal with sexual issues.


    Any additional comments?

    The various narrators really enhanced the stories.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1210)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "A Balanced View Of the Personality of Washington"
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    If you could sum up Washington: A Life in three words, what would they be?

    Extraordinary, courageous and lucky.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, it was a nice followup to David McCullough's "1776". The character description balanced the heroic figure with his flaws and vulnerability under pressure.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kept my attention with his clear, well modulated narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No-but it made me even more respectful of the great man that George Washington was


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read for anyone who enjoys biographies of great historical figures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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